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2008 – 2010: MA Art Practice

1984 – 1985: Post-Graduate Art Teacher’s certificate. University of Wales Institute, Cardiff

1979 – 1982: B.A. Hons Fine Art. Exeter College of Art and Design

1978 – 1979: Foundation studies in art and design. Manchester Polytechnic


I am a practicing artist with a long standing history of working in community and public contexts in Britain, Egypt and Italy, on residencies and commissions in education, healthcare and urban settings. From the outset, my work in this field has been led by a belief in the value and necessity for community engagement and participation in art practice as a means of self and collective expression.

Since 1999, I have collaborated with other artists, architects, engineers and project teams in Wales and England to develop and realise public art projects as part of urban regeneration schemes. Since this time I have worked in partnership with artist David Mackie and collaborated with many other artists. These endeavors stem from a fundamental belief in the power of the environment to influence well-being and quality of life.

Main Teaching Areas: Professional Studies, Adobe Photoshop, Drawing, Printmaking, Arts and Health


Summary of Residencies and commissions:

2002 – : Artist in Residence, Cwm Taff NHS Trust. Production of artworks, advisor on capital projects, exhibition curator, performance programmer.
Artists: Heather Parnell and Carol Hiles (2002 – 2003), Nigel Talbot (2003 – 2005).

2012: Olympic Deckchairs, Weymouth. Commisioned to design, with community participation, 500 Deckchairs.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Becky Adams

2011: Pontypridd Poetry & Song. Commissioned to incorporate inscriptions into the paving.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie

2011: Canada Road, Cardiff. Inlaid annd Etched Paving.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie

2010: Sanvey Gate, Leicester. Scuptural Seating and Paving for City Centre Redevelopment.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2009: Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda, Llwynypia. Commission to create artworks for two stairwells in the new Hospital.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2008: Ebbw Vale, “Harmony Steps”. Cast Bronze Risers.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2008: Holton Road, Barry. Etched and Inlaid Pavers
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2008: Town To Sea, Colchester. Sculpture Trail.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2007: Fitzhamon Embankment, Cardiff Spice Sculptures.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2006: Courtmead Gardens, Cardiff. Bronze Inlaid Stone Pavers and Bronze “Fossils”.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2005: Princess Way, Swansea. “Beacons” Stainless Steel Columns.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2002: The Tern Project, Morcambe Bay. Etched and Inlaid Stone “Pavement Game”
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe

2001: ‘Bute Street Works’, Cardiff Bay. Etched and Inlaid Stone pavement trail.
Artists : Heather Parnell, David Mackie and Andrew Rowe.

1998 – 2002: Artist in Residence, Caerphilly District Miners’ Hospital. Artworks for public spaces.
Artists: Heather Parnell and Maureen O’Kane (1998 – 2000), Sian Hughes (2000 – 2001).

1998 – 2000: Artist in Residence. Groundwork Bridgend. Site specific artworks and street furniture. Artists: Heather Parnell and Maureen O’Kane.

1990 – 1998: Artist in Residence. Llandough Hospital NHS Trust,Cardiff. Arts project manager and practitioner of site specific artworks.

1990: Artist in Residence. Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol. Geography through art; Body mapping drawing workshops.

1988 – 1989: Artist in Residence. Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt. Studio practice; drawings, mixed media relief.

1987: Artist in residence in Education. Six Powys primary schools.

2012: Drawing MMX2. Group exhibition. Howard Gardens gallery, Cardiff
2011: Make Room. Group exhibition. Milkwood gallery, Cardiff. 2010: Squeeze. Group exhibition. TactileBOSCH gallery, Cardiff.
2009: Reflections. Group exhibition at Craft in the Bay, Cardiff.
2009: Reflections . Group exhibition. St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan.
2009: Where are you between. Eight artist interventions. The Atrium, Cardiff.
2008: Better life. Washington gallery, Penarth. Group show in aid of Cystic Fibrosis.
2005: Artists in Residence & in Transit. 3 person show, UWIC gallery, Cardiff
2004: Issue 4.5.6 Group exhibition. Gloucester Art College gallery
2003: Issue1.2.3 Group exhibition. UWIC gallery, Cyncoed, Cardiff
2003: G.A.P. project exhibition, Ebbw Vale Miners’ Institute
2002: Art in Hospitals. Project exhibition. Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Llantrisant
2001: Art in Healthcare. Project exhibition. Cywaith Cwmru.Artworks Wales
2000: Bute Street Works. Project exhibition. Cardiff Bay Arts Trust Gallery


Vice Chair, Llanover Hall Arts Charity


Presentations & Consultancies

2005: Artists in Residence and in Transit conference, UWIC, Cardiff. Guest speaker
2003 – 2005: Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff. Consultant to develop and deliver public art programme
2003 – 2004: Ysbwty Cwm Rhondda. CywaithCwmru.Artwork Wales. Consultant and co – producer of art strategy
2001: Art in Healthcare seminar, Cywaith Cwmru.Artwork Wales. Guest speaker

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